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NHL exec: Moulson trade would cost first-round pick, prospect

Jan 15, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT

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One of the big names expected to be discussed as the trade deadline draws near is Buffalo forward Matt Moulson. According to the Ottawa Sun, the price to land the three-time 30-goal scorer is quite high:

“Lots,” another NHL exec figured when asked what it would cost a team to get Moulson, a 30-year old who has 14 goals and 17 assists in 42 games split between Long Island and Buffalo this season. “A minimum of a first (round pick) and a top young player.

“And I’m not even sure they even want a first in this draft.”

Buffalo has its own first-and second-round picks in this year’s draft, along with a pair of additional second-rounders (one from the Robyn Regehr-to-L.A. deal, the other from the Jason Pominville-to-Minnesota trade.)

Of course, most teams are eying next year’s draft — set to feature OHL Erie wunderkind Connor McDavid — as the one to be stockpiling picks for.

As for who’s interested in Moulson?

The Senators have been kicking the tires, according to the Sun (such a deal would “make sense,” according to the same NHL exec quoted above.)

Meanwhile, dialed-in Kings scribe John Hoven — from Mayors’ Manor — says L.A. is very interested in acquiring Moulson as well.

The Moulson-to-L.A. deal makes sense on a number of fronts. One, he debuted for the Kings in 2007-08 and appeared in 29 games before moving to Long Island. Two, Kings GM Dean Lombardi could look at the blueprint from the ’12 Cup run — when he acquired Jeff Carter to kickstart his club’s struggling offense — and try to replicate it with Moulson who, like Carter, is a goalscoring winger.

Finally, it’s worth noting that Moulson plays on the left side and, earlier this year, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter lamented the lack of production he was getting from his left wingers — so much so that he gave defenseman Alec Martinez a twirl.

  1. runhigh24 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Any exec who trades a 2015 1st rounder better be absolutely sure his team doesn’t wind up in the lottery that year. Imagine being the guy who traded away the pick that turned into Connor McDavid if the ping pong balls go the right way? That’s Milburyesque.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      LOL @ Milbury

    • jpelle82 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      it would be a team looking to make a run, likely a bottom 10 1st round pick, hence the throw-in prospect. not too many bottom dwellers are buying at the deadline.

  2. ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    this seems a bit conflict-of-interesty to me. an NHL exec said that? setting a (too) high bar for a trade seems kinda wrong. I know they don’t have to follow it, but the Sabres will certainly hear about this, and it’ll put the bug in their ear. prepare for them to accept nothing less than a “first-round pick, prospect.”

    • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      wait, is it an NHL executive or an executive from a team?

    • elvispocomo - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Could be some gamesmanship for sure, after Katie Strang (the NY reporter) noted a 2nd might do it. If past deals are any indication though, value usually ends up being a bit high for the top available pieces.

      • multiplemiggs - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        I wouldn’t listen to a word Katie Strang says. Her every report is how every good player in the NHL is a “perfect fit” for the Rangers. I wish I was a woman, maybe then I could easily get a job in this field and get paid in this awful economy.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        Just pointing out how different reports in the media can be, and how they could potentially be used to try and manipulate the value of a player on the block.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        there’s male hack sports reporters too. just sayin’.

    • hockey412 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Especially when you consider that NYI gave Moulson, a first rounder, AND a second rounder for Vanek. So if you’re Buffalo you basically ended up with two first rounders, a second rounder, and a prospect for Vanek. Not bad.

      When you look at the picks that Buffalo has had over the last 4 years or so, my gad they are going to be good (and really, really big on D, if they develop).

  3. djshnooks - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Hopefully that is Garth Snow.

    But if the Senators want to offer up Shane Prince, or the Kings want to offer up Tyler Toffoli…Buffalo would happily take that.

    Tim Murray has so many assets to work with…this rebuild is going to be fun!

  4. buddysguys - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Let’s go Murray make a deal. I’ll take Sam Bennett or Reinhart all day.

  5. sens101 - Jan 15, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    i think compensation will most likely be tied to Moulsons availability and willingness to negotiate a contract before the season is up. Otherwise, I dont see him garnering more than a second or third rounder.

  6. bullwinkle88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Trade Moulson, not Ott!

  7. killhowe - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    If your Buffalo, because Moulson could just walk away at the end of the year, would you accept a trade for Brett Connolly and a 2nd rounder? Brett was a 1st round pick who doesnt fit in Tampa’s style but is just waiting to get the proper chance.

    • jb8588 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      I agree in the sense that I think Brett will be trade bait this season, but trading him as a package deal for Moulson doesn’t make a ton of sense for TB. If they’re going to use a big chip like Connolly in a deal, they would need to acquire a stud d-man. With Kucherov, Palat, Johnson doing very well and with Stammer coming back at some point, Bolts will have plenty of scoring options. Not to mention that Drouin is going to be in the mix starting next season.

      • killhowe - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        This move would involve trading Purcell. Right now there is too much of a passing mentality between Filppula and Purcell, if we could have Moulson playing with Filppula, trading Purcell would be ideal. Eventually Palat and Johnson will move back down into a 3rd line role, thus opening up a position for Kucherov or Drouin to play alongside Stammer and Marty.

  8. pdmjr - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Look for the Penguins to be involved, they have what Buffalo wants talent

    • hockey412 - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      They gave up a lot of picks last year, though. Shero may be gun shy to trade a first rounder for anyone this year…could trade a decent D prospect, possibly.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        hopefully. bennett coming back wont really fix anything in my opinion. despres does no good sitting there as a healthy scratch when martin comes back either…same could be said for bortuzzo but i really hope they keep him over despres, penguins seem to have more of an edge and attitude with bortuzzo in the lineup, he likes to mix it up and is quickly making a name for himself with big hits too.

  9. charlieconway96 - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing Moulson in a Kings jersey.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jan 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Fine. Give us Tuffolli.

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